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West Visayas accepts guilty verdict

Iloilo City (13 September) -- Generally, the people in Western Visayas accepted the verdict handed down by the Sandiganbayan to former Joseph Estrada on his plunder case.

In an informal survey conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) among various people from different walks of life most of the respondents say the former President deserves the guilty verdict.

During the interview, respondents from the cities of Iloilo, Roxas, and Bacolod as well as municipalities of Kalibo in Aklan and San Jose, in Antique were asked " What do you think of the of the Sandigang Bayan's guilty verdict on former President Joseph Estrada's plunder case?"

The result of the informal survey showed that the most common reason given by those who favored the decision were: It was based on the merits of the case or because of the overwhelming evidence presented by the prosecution.

On the other hand, some of those who were against the decision believe that there are other people in the government who have done more corruption and plunder. Others said they cannot give their comments on the verdict yet unless they have read the whole decision and findings of facts.

It will be recalled that the Sandiganbayan found former President Joseph Estrada guilty of the crime of plunder beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In the meantime, he was allowed to stay at his rest house in Tanay, Rizal until further order.

Likewise, the Court ordered the forfeiture of the former President's P542.701 million bank accounts including interest and the so-called Boracay Mansion in New Manila, Quezon City. (PIA) [top]

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